School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology

Barton, Andrew (A/Prof)

Position Associate Professor of Water Engineering Andrew Barton 
Office Y219 (Mt Helen)
Phone +61 3 5327 9329


  • PhD (Eng), University of Tasmania
  • MEngSc (Res), Monash University
  • BEng (Env) (Hons), Deakin University


Dr Andrew Barton is an associate professor in water engineering and is recognised for his expertise in water resource management and civil engineering hydraulics as well as having considerable experience in management and senior leadership roles.

A/Prof Barton has particular experience with the operation of complex water supply systems and the design and administration of water sharing frameworks where he has led these activities through circumstances of extreme drought to flood. From this experience A/Prof Barton has developed unique insights into the technical and operational aspects of water supply as well as the vast complexities of water sharing arrangements and the associated political overlays and contests over water that frequently occur.

A/Prof Barton’s research interests primarily fall within water resources engineering (FoR Code 0905) and include water entitlement and allocation frameworks (especially the ideological battleground between consumptive, environmental and recreational interests), the associated security of water supply for all users, and the potential impacts due to climate change and variability. A/Prof Barton also has a track record in areas of hydraulics and fluid mechanics (experimental methods, numerical modelling, hydraulic roughness issues and biofouling), hydro-informatics (water supply system optimisation, ‘intelligent’ water systems) and integrated water cycle management.

A/Prof Barton regularly consults to the water industry and may be contacted for consulting services.

Teaching areas

  • Hydraulics
  • Hydrology and water
  • Wastewater treatment.

Extended research profile